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Review: Gorath - Haunting the December Chords/ The Blueprints for Revolution
Haunting the December Chords/ The Blueprints for Revolution

Label: Haarbn Productions
Year released: 2007
Duration: 54:07
Tracks: 10
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: February 26, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
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Haunting the December Chords/ The Blueprints for Revolution

Rated 4/5 (80%) (2 Votes)

It always comes in as a nice surprise when you find out that a disc you thought was so so is, in fact, a really good album. It's exactly the case here with this release from Gorath.

This is not a new album as such but a re-release of two demos that were previously available mainly in Belgium and Holland. Both were recorded at home between 2002-3. Dupont is the composer responsible for what we can hear on those tracks with also some help for vocals on a couple of numbers. Now this "demo and recorded at home" might be frightening to some of you, but no this release is actually quite pleasant to listen to. Some parts are rawer on the first demo, Haunting the December Chords, but bearable and quite alright in its Black Metal context. The compositions are rather refined and the vocals pretty sick at times. Fast furious paces are counter-weighted by moderate and crushing moments. Melodic aspects are well represented by calmer passages filled with beautiful arpeggios, tonalities always welcomed in my ears. But the good news here is that there's more goodies to discover! Yes, on those demos, certain parts are really psychedelic while even some folksy passages grace the scenery. Proof of this can be found in more than one single song: "Suppress My Grief", "The Fall of Winter" and "Revolution has no Deadline" .

No bad tracks on this, just some more interesting ones to mention: "The Lizard Creature", "Late" and "White Deep an Embrace".

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